2019-2020 Appointed Position Candidates

Club Growth Director - Andrea Gluck, ACB, ALB


Andrea Gluck has been a Toastmaster since April 2013. Her home club is Power Communicators, a Caterpillar corporate club in Mossville, IL. She has held a variety of club roles, including Secretary, and multiple stints as VP-E and President.

Andrea has also been an Area 31 Director and Division B Director; both positions helped her learn valuable lessons about facilitation, decision making, delegation, and respect for others. In her current position as Club Growth Director for District 54, Andrea has been able to network with an even broader range of Toastmasters, including the District Trio and even Regional Advisors!

Andrea lives in central Peoria, Illinois, with her husband of 11 years, David. She is a Tax Accountant at Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria. She is actively involved in neighborhood committees and special events, as well as an active member of her local church. Andrea is also involved in local choirs (currently singing soprano in the Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus), and instrumental music (piano and clarinet). One of the mantras Andrea lives by is "never stop learning"!

Donna Gerig, CC, TC1

 Donna has been a member since 2012, starting her Toastmasters journey with the State Farm Landmark club.  She is also a member of the Delightful Greeters Advanced Club, which she joined in October 2014 as soon as she achieved her Competent Communicator.  

Donna has held several leadership positions at the club, area, and district level, taking advantage of the opportunity to continue to develop her communication and leadership skills. 

2020-2021 District Leadership Committee Approved Candidates

District Director - Bala Sreedharan, DTM


· Toastmasters club member since December 2007 committed to not only my own personal and professional development but with a demonstrated passion to help others achieve their goals 

· Served in different officer roles including club president for the John Deere Toastmasters club. Club achieved Presidents Distinguished club status a few times during the years I was an officer  

· Served as Area 20 governor between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015

· Served as District Finance Manager during the 2015-2016 Toastmasters year 

· As district 54 TLI Dean for TLI West winter 2014-15, planned and organized a highly successful TLI on January 17, 2015

· Took the lead in starting the Yash Toastmasters Club in 2015 (served as club sponsor)  and Deere 13th Communicators club in 2019 (currently serving as club mentor) 

· Served as the co-chair for the spring 2017 district conference in Moline, IL

· Served as Division B Director in 2018-19 providing leadership and support to three area directors. The division and two areas achieved distinguished status in the year

· Currently serving as Program Quality Director responsible for the quality and success of all clubs in district 54

· I have served as Pathways Ambassador and Guide for Toastmasters District 54 during 2017 - 2018

· I have facilitated club officers training at TLI West and division B make up training sessions many times and conducted training for area and division directors 

· I don’t commit to something unless I feel I can do a great job and make a difference 

Program Quality Director - Maryann Reichelt, DTM


Has been involved in many TLIs and District Conferences over her almost 25 years as a Toastmaster both as an attendee and as a ‘player’ in the event.

Has been involved in Pathways since 2013 as District 54 Chief Club Ambassador as well as a Pathways Guide after the rollout in February 2018.

Has served as Pathways Support Coordinator since 2018 and has written many articles for the District Dispatch about Pathways.

Club and District offices held

Has held all club officer roles.

Public Relations Officer for two terms for Toastmaster years 2001 and 2002.

New Club Coordinator for two terms for Toastmaster years 2003 and 2004.

Winter 2005 TLI-N Dean.

Area 12 Governor for Toastmaster years 2008 and 2009.

District 54 Parliamentarian for Toastmaster years 2009 thru 2017.

Currently Pathways Support Coordinator.

Why Maryann is a good fit for PQD

Has been a support of new members and their progress for over twenty years.

Always ready to offer support at all levels from Club thru District.

Honored to present at one of the last mid-winter trainings for Region 5 on New Club Coordinator role at Cliffbreakers in Rockford. Got to see a bigger picture of Toastmasters beyond District in action.

Enjoys attending International Conventions when schedule allows.

Enjoys interacting with members from all Divisions of District 54 and District 30 in addition to International Conventions.

Likes to ‘be in the know’ and to pass on information to others to help them grow and achieve.

Club Growth Director - Daniel Kyburz, DTM

 I joined Toastmasters in 2000, to get over my fear of public speaking. I stay in Toastmasters because of the friends I’ve made and the relationships I built. I enjoy helping others maximize their Toastmasters experience. 

From the beginning I’ve had some wonderful mentors that helped guide me along the way and encourage me to get more involved, outside the club. I believe the more you put in to Toastmasters, the more you get out of it. I’ve served in all Club and District offices, except SAA and District Director. I have presented at several District Conferences and TLIs in both District 47 and District 54, and was the District 54 TLI North Dean for the Summer 2019. I’ve been a member of the District 54, Pathways Technical Support team since 2018. I am currently a member to Timely Talkers, Fox River and DTM Advanced.

07/01/2000 – 06/30/2001 District 47, Area 17 Secretary

07/01/2001 – 06/30/2002 District 47 Secretary

10/01/2001 – 06/30/2002 District 47 Treasurer

07/01/2002 – 06/30/2003 District 47, Area 46 Governor - Distinguished

07/01/2003 – 06/30/2004 District 47, Club Rescue Chair

07/01/2004 – 12/31/2005 District 47, Division G Governor

07/01/2006 – 06/30/2007 District 54, Club Rescue Chair

07/01/2007 – 06/30/2008 District 54, Club Retention Chair

07/01/2008 – 06/30/2009 District 54, Public Relations Officer

07/01/2008 – 06/30/2009 District 54, Division A, Area 11, Toastmaster of the Year

07/01/2009 – 06/30/2010 District 54, Lt. Governor Marketing

07/01/2010 – 11/07/2010 District 54, Lt. Governor Education & Training

07/01/2018 – 06/30/2019 District 54, Assistant Division A Program Quality Director

07/01/2019 – 06/30/2020 District 54, Area 11 Director

I’ve participated in numerous demo teams, and lead many of them. I’ve helped start several clubs, in Florida and Illinois. I have been a mentor for two of them, and a charter member of three of them.

In 2010 I had to resign as Lt. Governor Education due to health issue with my aunt and wife. My aunt passed away in 2011 and my wife passed away in 2013. I remained active in my Club, but had to take a break from serving the District. In February 2014 I took a job working night and weekends, so I was unable to be as active in Toastmasters as I would like to have been. In February 2018 my job changed and I was able to get active again in the District again.

Earl Nightingale said, “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” Zig Ziglar said, “Success is the maximum utilization of the ability you have.” Ben Sweetland said, “Success is a journey, not a destination.”

No matter how you define success, I think we can all agree that Toastmasters can help you achieve it. I would like to be part of the team that leads District 54 in 2020-2021. Please vote for Dan Kyburz as your next Club Growth Director.

Division Director Division A - Joyce Schumpert, ACB, ALB

  Joyce Schumpert is back to Toastmasters, after a break in Southern Illinois. She is excited to be back in District 54 and being able to be in a leadership role. As Snapple uses only the best ingredients in their drinks, District 54 has some of the best people in their clubs. 

She was originally a member of Oswego Toastmasters, but now is a proud member of Timely Talkers in North Aurora.

Division Director Division B - Michael Bradford, CC, ALB

My name is Michael A. Bradford. I have been in Toastmasters since 2015. I am a member of Mapleton Risers Toastmaster club in Mapleton, IL. I have held many positions in my club, President, VP of Membership, Sergeant at Arms and Treasurer. I have earned many awards in the Toastmaster Area 32 Toastmaster of the year twice 2016-2017, 2017-2018, Division C Director of the year 2018-2019 and Distinguished Area 2018-2019. I have earned my CC and my ALB. I have held positions in the District 54 Leadership, as an Area 32 Director, Division C Director and now pursuing a position in the District again as a Division Director. I have learned a lot in Toastmasters and am eager to learn more and help others to do their best as Toastmasters.

Division Director Division C - Gregory LeRoy, ACB


I began my journey with Toastmasters in March of 2017. In 2016 I heard a member of Mapleton Risers talk of Toastmasters in an All Employee meeting and knew I wanted to become a part of this distinguished organization. However, I was working on second shift and was not able to attend the meetings. When I went to first shift in February of 2017 I was excited to finally be able to join Toastmasters.

I am no stranger to public speaking. For many years I was in community theatre and loved being in front of an audience. Toastmasters gave me the opportunity to create my own speeches instead of relying on a script. It was a welcomed challenge and one that has been extremely rewarding.

In my first year with Toastmasters I was elected to be the Vice President of Public Relations and completed my Competent Communicator manual. In 2018 I ran for President of Mapleton Risers and won. That year was a great opportunity to not only help Mapleton Risers become a Select Distinguished club, but to achieve more personal goals as well. The first goal came in February of 2019 when I was asked by Tony Koury to take over as acting Area 31 Director, upon which I was delighted to take on that opportunity. I also achieved a second goal that year when I received my Advanced Communicator Bronze. In October of 2019 I was honored to receive the District 54 Club President of the year award.

Currently I am the Area 31 Director and Sergeant at Arms for the Mapleton Risers Club. In December of 2019 I completed my Competent Leader manual and will have achieved my Advanced Leadership Bronze by June 2020. I look forward to being the Division C Director next year as a great opportunity to grow my leadership skills even further.

Greg LeRoy ACB, CL

Area 31 Director

Division Director Division D - Julia Issa-Ghantous, CC

 This year Julia Issa-Ghantous celebrated her twenty one years of service at ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE in East Peoria, Illinois as adjunct-faculty, teaching French and College Success. She sits on the Educational Foundation board. She also served for the last four consecutive years on the Scholarship Selection Committee for ICC. 

Julia grew up in Doha, Qatar, as a resident. She attended the Lycée Français de Doha, then graduated from Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland with a degree in International Studies and Management. She continued her education and pursued a Master’s degree in Institutional Advancement and Administration in 1993 from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. This is where she also met her husband Leo, a local Attorney at Law. They have been married for 29 years and have two children. 

Julia is active in her community. She served and presided throughout the years on numerous boards and continuously seeks to better her community and the lives of the people around her and to improve herself. She serves on the board of Peoria Area World Affairs Council as Membership chair, member of the Junior League, Entre Nous, Rotary Club of Peoria North, American Heart Association committee, Festival of Nativities committee and EPIC Bon Appetit Fundraising event. Julia was Area Director Division C 2018-2019. President of Toastmasters/Forging Leaders Club from 2016-2017 and received Area 21 Club President of the Year Award that year. She is currently the president of this club for the second time 2019-2020 and her goal is to reach the Club Success Goals for this year in spite of this new virtual change. She aspires to take the position of Division Director for the coming year. In her spare time, Julia enjoys reading, watching movies and walking. She makes time to visit her family who lives overseas and who she misses very much.

Division Director Division E - Craig Karvala, ACS, ALB

Dr. Craig T. Karvala is originally from the upper peninsula of Michigan. He graduated from West Iron County High School in 2000. After High School Craig attended Central Michigan University obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree. After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree Craig moved to Illinois and pursued his Doctorate in Chiropractic which was obtained in 2013.

Craig now practices in Bourbonnais Illinois at Koehler sports and spinal rehab where he has been practicing now for 6 years. During that time he has become a member of the Bradley/Bourbonnais Rotary club and has been successful in helping with fundraising for the annual golf tournament and has helped stat a successful 5K race. In 2014 Craig became a member of the Lincoln –way Toastmasters taking up the position Sargent at Arms, then becoming chapter President and then following as Vice President of Public Relations. He has also held Area 52 and area 51 director positions.

In his free time Craig has a passion for movies and going to the theatres to take in the cinematic experience. He also loves the outdoors and partakes in downhill skiing, Snowmobiling, Ice Skating, hunting, and hiking.